A Conversation for Learning from an Old Photo

Yes, but in those early days you cold photograph people's ghosts

Post 1

paulh. the world is a circus, but why d I have to work without a net?

http://www.npr.org/2017/10/11/555689728/-the-apparitionists-raises-the-specters-that-haunt-america


Yes, but in those early days you cold photograph people's ghosts

Post 2

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

Mrs Lincoln was quite pleased with spirit photographs that showed Mr Lincoln hovering about.


Yes, but in those early days you cold photograph people's ghosts

Post 3

paulh. the world is a circus, but why d I have to work without a net?

"Lincoln in the Bardo" is partly told from the point of view of Lincoln's deceased son "Willie."

Another book of the period that covers people's fascination with the spirit world was "The Bostonians" by Henry James.

To be honest, I have no clue how Mumler was able to capture ghosts in his photographs. smiley - huh Could it be that those old techniques had some special capabilities that our modern ones lack?


Yes, but in those early days you cold photograph people's ghosts

Post 4

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

'Spirit' photographs were photoshop, and not very good photoshop at that.

https://www.loc.gov/pictures/search/?q=LOT%203738&fi=number&op=PHRASE&va=exact&co!=coll&sg=true&st=gallery

Here's my review of 'Lincoln in the Bardo': A87885689


Yes, but in those early days you cold photograph people's ghosts

Post 5

FWR

Not good for Photoshop indeed,but the technical application of multiple exposure photography in a developing lab in that era would've been incredibly advanced.


Yes, but in those early days you cold photograph people's ghosts

Post 6

paulh. the world is a circus, but why d I have to work without a net?

Double exposures, eh? smiley - winkeye


Yes, but in those early days you cold photograph people's ghosts

Post 7

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

Faked images started oh, about a year after photography was invented:

http://www.artstor.org/2018/09/12/fake-news-the-drowning-of-hippolyte-bayard/


Yes, but in those early days you cold photograph people's ghosts

Post 8

paulh. the world is a circus, but why d I have to work without a net?

smiley - laugh

Technology seems to quickly be used by the fraudulent and the lecherous.

smiley - laugh


Yes, but in those early days you cold photograph people's ghosts

Post 9

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

Oh, yeah. smiley - rofl


Yes, but in those early days you cold photograph people's ghosts

Post 10

FWR

Or quickly used by those who like to show they can produce a bit more than a selfie with puppy ears!

Imagine being able to manipulate photos that soon! Disgruntled yes, but give the guy credit! Lol


Yes, but in those early days you cold photograph people's ghosts

Post 11

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

Absolutely! smiley - biggrin He was a genius. And his grasp of the medium and its potential? Wow.

There's another 'fake' story - meaning really creative - that I've read about but can't chase down. It was about a photo called 'The Laughing Baby'. Apparently, this was when speeds were so low that you could never catch a baby's smile. So this guy painted one - and then faked it as a photograph! Some researcher figured out how he'd done it.

I used to have access to 'History of Photography', an academic journal, when I worked as an indexer. It makes great reading.

I just chased down the online edition. Now get this: to BUY one issue is $293. To have 48 hours to read a single article is $44. smiley - grr Ripoff artists ensure that only universities and libraries can have these things. And then they wonder why their ideas are not more 'influential'. smiley - rolleyes

But FWR, you might want to see if you could get access to 'History of Photography' (published by Taylor & Francis) in a library near you. You'd be knowledgeable enough to enjoy it.


Yes, but in those early days you cold photograph people's ghosts

Post 12

paulh. the world is a circus, but why d I have to work without a net?

Lewis Carroll was one of the early celebrity photographers. Considering the times, I think he was ahead of lot of other people. smiley - smiley


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